Irish Para Report Card on physical activity of children and adolescents with disabilities

Kwok Ng, Sean Healy, Wesley O'Brien, Lauren Rodriguez, Marie H Murphy, Angela Carlin

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For the first time, data on children and adolescents with disabilities in Ireland is reported based on the Active Kids Global Alliance Para Report Card methodology. The most recent data from the last 10 years were used in the grading process (A+ to F) and indicators with insufficient data were graded as incomplete. Of the 10 indicators from the Global Matrix Para Report Cards, grades were assigned to Overall Physical Activity (F), Organised Sport (D), Active Transport (D-), Sedentary Behaviour (D-), Family & Peers (C), Schools (C-), Community & Environment (B-), and Government (B). Irish disability sport organisations were invited to assess the research-led audit and provided commentary around the final grading. The contextual discussion of the grades are presented through the lens of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) with the purpose to provide direction for the reduction of physical activity disparities among children with disabilities
Original languageEnglish
JournalAdapted Physical Activity Quarterly
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 28 Jul 2022


  • youth
  • disability
  • special education
  • policy


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